The institute of Contemporary art: Richmond, Virginia

last spring, was inaugurated the long-awaited Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, the capital of the State of Virginia. Located on the East coast, 160 km south of Washington, established in 1607 at the mouth of the James River, the city is one of the oldest in the United States. Between the peaks of the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic beaches, the ancient metropolis of the south, deeply marked by the war of Secession, is in charge of a complex history.

.Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) Iwan Baan

It displays a heritage varied: houses of the federal style, the capitol of the State of Virginia, white House of the Confederacy, cathedral… Democratic, dynamic, university, she inspires today’s artists, and figure prominently in the top global of the best scenes of street art With the ICA, designed by the firm of new york city-based Steven Holl Architects, a building of eco-home to nearly 1 000 m2 of exhibition space dedicated to artists, contemporary (emerging and confirmed), Richmond adds a string to his bow and is inscribed in the circuit of the cities arty not to be missed in 2019.

World Travelers ( ; does not show the package key in hand in Virginia but designs custom itineraries for exploring the new Institute for Contemporary Art. The agency suggests a package including the flight from Paris to Washington DC on Air France, then a train ticket on Amtrak or rent a car to get to Richmond (less than 2 hours drive), and 4 nights at the Quirk Hotel, from 1 900 € per person.

The National Museum: Doha, Qatar The Qatar national Museum. Iwan Baan

Save the date! The Qatar national Museum will open on 28 march. Directed by Jean Nouvel, the building of 40 000 m2 is in the form of a rose des sables, in reference to the origins of the Qatari people of the desert become one of the world’s richest (in GDP per capita).

perched on the lagoon, the building is erected around the historic palace newly restored fire sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, son of the founder of Qatar modern. The route is about 2.7 km. Immersive experiences, parts of the collection dating back 700 000 years ago to our days, the most innovative technologies, commissioned works, art and videos… And in the gardens, Jean-Michel Othoniel has designed 114 the fountains, whose water draws ephemeral arabesques in space. A trip in itself.

Directours ( ; offers a getaway for 6 days from 1 095 € per person including flights, 4 nights at the Grand Hyatt Doha with breakfast and 1 entrance to the national Museum of Qatar.

Weiwuying: Kaohsiung, south of Taiwan, The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying). National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)

the Third city of the island after Taipei and Taichung, and Kaohsiung – until then little known to the western traveller – is since last October under the spotlight. The megalopolis boasts of the largest cultural complex in the world (under the same roof).

The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) takes place in a former military base of 10 hectares developed by the office of the Dutch architects Mecanoo. The structure evocative of a banyan tree under which the Taiwanese like to shelter from the sun. Inside, the centre includes an opera house, a concert hall (in the shape of a vineyard), a theatre, a piece of recital, intimate…

Asia ( ; offers a tour “of Taiwan in freedom”, with a half-day in Kaohsiung, from 2 371 € including international flights, 9 nights hotel and 7 days of autotour. Package to Kaohsiung only on request.

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